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Farmer who caused lamb ‘unnecessary suffering’ given two year livestock ban

A North Devon farmer who pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a lamb has been banned from keeping cattle and sheep for two years. Andrew Conibear, 57, of Knapp … Continue reading

Rural mental health support – Trading Standards receive special training and farmers support seminar on offer

A team of officers from Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards are receiving mental health ‘first aid’ training to improve the support they can offer rural businesses and farmers.  The … Continue reading

Woman fined after breaching animal ban

A North Devon woman who was caught tending livestock despite being banned has been ordered to pay £1,380 in compensation, fines and costs. Bridget Barrell, 64, of Chittlehampton, admitted three … Continue reading

Avian influenza (bird flu)

Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza H5N8 was confirmed in backyard poultry at a premises near Exmouth, East Devon. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone has been declared around the … Continue reading

Avian influenza (bird flu) national prevention zone declared

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has been declared across England, Scotland and Wales. Read the Government press release at GOV.UK – Avian influenza (bird flu) national prevention zone declared. 

Avian influenza identified in wild birds in South West of England

Routine monitoring has detected avian influenza (bird flu) in a small number of wild birds in the South West of England. Read the press release at GOV.UK – Avian influenza … Continue reading

Somerset farmer fined for breaching Bovine TB rules

A Mendip cattle farmer has been ordered to pay over £10,000 in fines and costs after admitting breaking laws that help control the spread of Bovine TB when moving his … Continue reading

Made in Devon can set your business apart

If you own a Devon business and want to build on your reputation for producing quality, locally made goods, the Made in Devon scheme can help showcase what you have … Continue reading

Farmers invited to virtual mental health seminar

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards are holding an online event to promote mental health and wellbeing in the farming community on Friday 31 July. The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and … Continue reading

Somerset farmer fined for breaching animal ban

A Somerset farmer has been ordered to pay over £10,000 after being found guilty of breaching an order banning him from keeping animals. At Taunton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 26 … Continue reading


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